Back to Bangkok 2015 – part 2 – elephant ride & floating market

We woke up the 2nd day early, excited about our trip to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The drive from Natural Ville to Damnoen Saduak took about 1.5 – 2 hours. 

 

Before that, we stopped by Chang Puak Camp which was about 10min drive or 20min long tailboat ride to the floating market. This place is fun, and it caters to all! Some may wish to try ATV (all terrain vehicle), some may want to watch monkey show, while some may prefer a relaxing massage. However, we chose the elephant ride which costs 600 baht per person. For about 30min, it was quite an experience especially when the elephant went into the water. I felt like I was going to be thrown out of my seat, so do hold on tight! We also bought baskets of bananas to feed the elephants. Each elephant consumes more than 200kg of bananas a day!

                   

After an enjoyable ride, we headed to the long tailboat stop for a 20min ride to the floating market. It was another eye opener to see the hawkers prepare dishes and doing business in paddle boats! People sitting along the steps next to the boats along the canal enjoying the food brings back memories to the olden days. Things at Damnoen Saduak floating market are generally cheaper than the city. However do not expect them to be very cheap. Bargaining still possible depending on your negotiation skills. 

                                   

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